House Vote & Day of Action Planned for March 12
The NH House is scheduled to vote on the Repeal Bill – HB 1170 – on March 12 (not March 5 or February 19 as previously planned). We’re planning to show up en masse to demonstrate the level of support in New Hampshire for repealing the death penalty.
CJ Committee Votes 14-3 for Repeal! (Feb 11)
House committee backs death penalty repeal by large margin (Concord Monitor)
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
(Published in print: Wednesday, February 12, 2014)
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee endorsed a bill to repeal the death penalty in a 14-3 vote yesterday, with a handful of members who have previously opposed repeal changing their minds.
Among them was Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, a Penacook Democrat and retired U.S. marshal, who served on a death penalty study commission created in 2009 and said he cast the deciding vote then against repeal.
175 Show up for House Hearing on Repeal (Jan 16)
Watch Former Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin’s Testimony on Jan. 16:
Death Penalty Issues at a Glance
About the Bill
HB 1170 is a bi-partisan bill for repealing the death penalty in NH. Details:
- HB 1170 eliminates the death penalty from all state statutes.
- Those crimes which currently can be classified as “capital murder” will still be classified as “first degree murder,” the mandatory penalty for which is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
- It does not affect anyone currently on death row in NH.
Read the text of the bill and view list of co-sponsors on our HB 1170 page.
A number of conservatives and libertarians have been voicing their opposition to the death penalty, citing it as a costly, inefficient and unjust government-run program. Among them are: Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com; Ron Paul, former US House of Representatives; Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist; Ken Starr, former US Solicitor General; and many others.
———————————————————————– Download the US Constitution Project’s “Statements from Unlikely Allies on the Death Penalty.” (More resources here.)